11th September 2013
Lithuania: Parliament to consider five separate anti-gay and anti-trans bills 48
11:56 AM — Five separate anti-gay and anti-trans bills are set to be considered in the Lithuanian parliament later this year, including a ban on gender reassignment, a ban on same-sex adoption, regulations of public events, and a legalisation of anti-gay hate speech.
8th August 2013
Armenia: Police seek to ban discussion of gay and lesbian relationships 9
1:55 PM — Armenia has become the latest former Soviet state to seek to ban discussion of "non traditional sexual relationships".
24th July 2013
Italy: Gay activists to campaign against ‘dangerous’ anti-homophobia bill 2
3:28 PM — LGBT activists have criticised the new bill set to criminalise homophobic hate crimes in Italy, saying that it is a "dangerous compromise" that will not change homophobic attitudes in the country.
Benedict Cumberbatch conducts civil partnership 11
12:02 PM — Benedict Cumberbatch has officiated at a same-sex civil partnership for one of his closest friends.
18th July 2013
Montenegro: Minister of Labour and Welfare backs country’s first ever Pride parade 2
2:46 PM — The Labour and Welfare Minister of Montenegro has said that he is willing to support the country's first ever Pride parade planned to be held for October.
14th June 2013
Labour MEP Michael Cashman: Putin’s ‘hate speech’ has resulted in the ‘barbaric killing’ of gay Russian men 9
1:34 PM — The European Parliament has adopted a resolution condemning Russian MPs for passing a draconian homophobic censorship law, with Labour MEP Michael Cashman saying “hate speech” from President Putin and others has resulted in the “barbaric killing of gay men”.
22nd May 2013
Czech president makes U-turn and grudgingly honours gay academic with title 11
5:32 PM — Czech President Milos Zeman has now agreed to honour a gay academic with a title after facing claims he snubbed the candidate because of his sexuality.
17th May 2013
EU study finds one in two LGBT people face discrimination 3
3:56 PM — Today the EU Fundamental Rights Agency will publish the first-ever comparative study on the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the 27 Member States and Croatia. It finds that almost one in two (47%) LGBT people felt discriminated against or harassed in the last year.
Comment: LGBT rights in Europe: La vie en rose? 3
3:16 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, prospective Liberal Democrat candidate for the European Parliament Giles Goodall assesses the nature of LGBT rights across Europe.
16th May 2013
ILGA-Europe releases 2013 European LGBT rights map 53
11:56 AM — ILGA-Europe has unveiled its European LGBT rights map for this year.
26th April 2013
MEPs welcome European Court of Justice ruling on anti-gay Romanian football owner George Becali 7
12:40 PM — A European Court of Justice preliminary ruling on the homophobic conduct of a football club owner in Romania has been welcomed by MEPs.
24th April 2013
Germany: Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats banned from using Berlin Pride float due to equal marriage stance 41
5:58 PM — Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats won’t be allowed their normal float at this year's gay pride festival in Berlin.
18th April 2013
Comment: Don’t forget the rest of Europe in the fight for equal marriage 25
7:16 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Adrian Trett says although equal marriage campaigners are scoring big victories in France and Britain, activists in other European nations need greater support in achieving the goal.
European Parliament relaxes visa restrictions on Ukraine despite looming anti-gay bill 4
2:41 PM — Efforts to halt the European Parliament’s decision to relax visa restrictions on Ukraine, due to the country’s support for homophobic legislation have failed.
10th April 2013
London Tory MEP welcomes progress in North Cyprus gay ban repeal 6
3:41 PM — Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis has welcomed the latest developments in decriminalising homosexuality in the northern part of Cyprus.
25th March 2013
EU eases restrictions on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s government 9
3:26 PM — Despite its reputation for violating human and LGBT rights, the EU has suspended the majority of its sanctions against Zimbabwe’s government.
19th March 2013
Finland: 50,000 sign petition in one day forcing lawmakers to consider equal marriage 11
3:40 PM — After taking just one day to gather 50,000 signatures on a petition in order to force lawmakers to consider an equal marriage bill, pensioners delivered the petition to parliament.
8th February 2013
UKIP leader Nigel Farage blames European Commission report for David Cameron’s same-sex marriage bill 121
6:55 PM — UKIP have claimed that an EU report is sparking the push for equal marriage in Britain and France.
Comment: Why do Europe and LGBT equality measures cause such splits in mainstream parties? 17
11:52 AM — Writing for PinkNews, Chair of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats Adrian Trett says there are political similarities when it comes to arguing the case for equality and the European Union.
4th February 2013
Vatican official: The Catholic Church is being ‘persecuted’ due to its anti-gay positions 160
4:10 PM — The Vatican's head of doctrine says critics of his faith's anti-gay crusade are conducting a "concerted campaign" to discredit the Catholic Church that is resulting in open attacks against priests.